Charles Allis Art Museum
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Timothy Westbrook Presents Unis: The Origin of the Unicorn

Charles Allis Art Museum - August 1- September 28, 2014

By - Jul 25th, 2014 01:41 pm

The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave, is pleased to announce Unis: The Origin of the Unicornopening Friday, August 1 through September 28, 2014.  Timothy Westbrook Studio creates a fictional narrative of an expedition funded by Charles Allis to discover the origin of the unicorn. Using natural history, costume, sculpture, personal ephemera and an expedition team, Westbrook along with nationally recognized artists create original work that takes us on a mythical journey throughout the Charles Allis Art Museum, with treasures around every corner.

Come meet the expedition team and learn about their findings at the opening reception, Friday August 1. Opening reception also features a fashion show by Timothy Westbrook Studio in collaboration with Get Dolled Up Beauty Salon, Fashion Designer Bree Rose, and Maggie Sovelson of Brown Cow Vintage.  Join us on this expedition and discover the origins of one of the most beloved mythical creatures. A special Members Only VIP Experience from 5 to 6 p.m. includes goodie bags, ability to reserve seating for fashion show, and exclusive access to the evening’s actors with a sneak peak at fashions presented at the fashion show.

Non-members are welcomed to join the night of the event for access to the VIP hour. Memberships start at $25 for students and $45 for adults. Memberships allow free admission to all exhibitions and public hours at both the Charles Allis Art Museum and The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum for one year.

About the Artist, Timothy Westbrook

Timothy Westbrook, a New York native, is a Milwaukee Designer who has made quite a name for himself. Known for his spot on Project Runway and his Artist Residency at the Pfister Hotel, Westbrook has been working on many interesting and diverse projects. His love of this mythical creature, the unicorn, makes Unis: The Origin of the Unicorn an incredibly special exhibition. Timothy Westbrook Studio resides in the heart of downtown Milwaukee located in The Shops of Grand Avenue. His designs tend to focus around environmental care and fantasy using recyclable materials that have low impact on the world around us.

Westbrook was a contestant on Project Runway (2013), had an Artist Residency with the Pfister Hotel (2012-2013), and spoke for GreenBiz Forum in New York (2013). He studied Fiber Arts and Material Studies at Syracuse University before moving to Milwaukee. Westbrook lived in New York until deciding to settle in Milwaukee because of the collaborative art community.

Exhibiting Artists

Aaron Allan, Nicolaus Arnould, Kelly Cave, Carl Geenen, Caitlin Foley, Michael Kautzer, Kyle J. Krueger, Sue Lawton, Daina Mattis, Devvon Simpson, Michael Stienheitzer, Danny Mansmith, Misha Rabinovich, Matt Smiroldo, Sarah Zamecnik

Opening Reception Actors
Julianne Hunter, Gracie Lee, Brandon Ming, Rebecca Segal, Charles Tritt

About the Charles Allis Mansion On the National Register of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 Tudor-style mansion was originally the home of Charles Allis, first president of Allis-Chalmers Corporation and his wife Sarah.  The Charles Allis Mansion was designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler.  Construction on the home began in 1909 and was completed in 1911.  Special attention was paid to the exterior walls that are constructed of thick concrete to keep the Allis’ substantial art collection safe from the ever-present threat of fire.  It was one of the first private residences in Milwaukee to have electricity.  Interior materials included fine Italian marble, used for the hand-carved fireplaces found in almost every room as well as the grand staircase and the Marble Hall, Lincrusta Walton, an embossed wallpaper, and Cirassian walnut paneling found in the French Parlor and Library.  The Charles Allis Art Museum is a treasure, preserved intact in its original form with some items in the collection being the only known examples of their kind in existence.

General Information Museum Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-5 p.m. General Admission: $7/adult, $5/student & senior (62+), Free for museum members, children 12 & under, and active military.  Group tours available.  More information at (414) 278-8295 or

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